Thursday, September 17, 2015

Australian Court Awards Damages For Sexual Abuse By Headmistress of Jewish School

In Erlich v. Leifer, (SC Victoria, Sept. 16, 2015), a trial court in the Australian state of Victoria awarded compensatory and exemplary damages to Hadassa Sara Erlich who as a student in an ultra-Orthodox school was sexually abused by the school headmistress Malka Leifer,  The court found that the school directly and vicariously liable for the psychological injuries to Erlich. In an 82-page opinion, the court described Leifer's unusual position of power over students.  The Melbourne Herald Sun reports on the decision.